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December 2016
$15 - $20

Camila Meza

December 5 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Chilean-born guitarist and singer Camila Meza has to be considered one of the brightest young stars on the contemporary jazz scene. Since moving from Santiago to the US in 2009, she has created a big impact in the New York jazz scene. Meza belongs to a new generation of jazz musicians that are interested in creating new sounds and allowing diverse influences into their music, and her Latin American roots and profound connection to jazz combined with the fusions of contemporary and popular music give the music she creates an astounding appeal. Meza performs on a regular basis at the best jazz venues in New York such as Jazz Standard, Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, and The Jazz Gallery, plus she has played at festivals and venues all over Europe including Swidnica Jazz Festival in Poland, Hildener Jazz Festival in Germany, Bergamo Jazz Festival in Italy, BMW Jazz Competition in Munich, Bern…

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January 2017
Free

Listening to the History of Jazz: Exploring the Earliest Recorded Roots of Jazz

January 11, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Literary Arts,
925 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR United States
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This coming February marks the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recording, “Livery Stable Blues” by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.  As part of our new adult education program Discover Jazz, on January 11, KMHD Jazz Radio host and PDX Jazz monthly blogger Mark Montesano – who taught a class on jazz history at Arizona State University – will host the first in his series called Listening to the History of Jazz.  To honor this anniversary, Montesano will present “Exploring the Earliest Recorded Roots of Jazz,” in which he will play and discuss Scott Joplin’s ragtime piano rolls, the blues of Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, and the earliest jazz people such as the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Freddie Keppard, Joe Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, and Louis Armstrong.  You’ll hear the influences, the innovations, and the sense of discovery at the beginnings of this quintessentially American art…

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February 2017
$20 - $25

Charenee Wade (Early Show)

February 16, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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First Runner-Up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition, Charenee Wade is a notable singer, composer, arranger and educator who is known for expert vocal improvisational ability and her seriously swinging groove. Her accolades include Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program where she performed her original music at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; being one of the talented four chosen for the Dianne Reeves Young Artist Workshop at Carnegie Hall; 1st Runner-Up in the Jazzmobile Vocal Competition; and being selected for the JAS Academy Summer Sessions, 2007-09, directed by Christian McBride. Wade has been appearing as of late in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s touring series “Ladies Sing The Blues” alongside Catherine Russell and Brianna Thomas. With her 2016 debut album for Motéma Music, Offering, Wade pays tribute to the socially conscious poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron, and for her Biamp PDX Jazz Festival debut, she will bring her Scott-Heron inspired…

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$49 - $70

Branford Marsalis Quartet w/ Special Guest Kurt Elling

February 16, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Newmark Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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The 2017 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival kick-off performance co-sponsored by Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, features two contemporary jazz icons on the same stage at the same time –  NEA Jazz Master and saxophonist Branford Marsalis plus Grammy® Award-winning singer Kurt Elling. This incomparable duo, along with Marsalis’ longstanding quartet comprised of Joey Calderazzo (piano), Eric Revis (bass) and Justin Faulkner (drums) will perform in support of their recent album on Marsalis Music/OKeh Records, Upward Spiral. The album is a collection of tunes that blends songbook staples, jazz standards, and standards-to-be from a diverse array of composers. Every track they have selected confirms the beyond-category strengths of both the Quartet and Elling, allowing both vocalist and musician ample room to improvise, shine and hold the spotlight. After years of discussion and speculation, Marsalis and Elling have finally joined forces for a performance that is greater than the sum of its parts and is sure to be one of the highlights of the…

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$15 - $20

Charenee Wade (Late Show)

February 16, 2017 | 9:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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First Runner-Up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition, Charenee Wade is a notable singer, composer, arranger and educator who is known for expert vocal improvisational ability and her seriously swinging groove. Her accolades include Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program where she performed her original music at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; being one of the talented four chosen for the Dianne Reeves Young Artist Workshop at Carnegie Hall; 1st Runner-Up in the Jazzmobile Vocal Competition; and being selected for the JAS Academy Summer Sessions, 2007-09, directed by Christian McBride. Wade has been appearing as of late in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s touring series “Ladies Sing The Blues” alongside Catherine Russell and Brianna Thomas. With her 2016 debut album for Motéma Music, Offering, Wade pays tribute to the socially conscious poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron, and for her Biamp PDX Jazz Festival debut, she will bring her Scott-Heron inspired…

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$45 - $75

Maria Schneider Orchestra

February 17, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group. The Maria Schneider Orchestra has received numerous commissions and guest-conducting invites, working with over 85 groups from over 30 countries. This performance marks the orchestra’s long overdue Portland debut. Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres, making her long list of commissioners quite varied, stretching from Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, to collaborating with David Bowie. She is among a select few to have received Grammy® Awards in both jazz and classical categories, including 12 nominations…

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$20 - $25

Ralph Peterson’s TriAngular (Early Show)

February 17, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Jazz drummer, bandleader and educator Ralph Peterson achieved early notoriety as Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers second drummer in 1983 and has continued in his footsteps with mentoring young talent throughout his career. Over the years, Peterson has also played with jazz heavyweights such as Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Charles Lloyd, Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Jon Faddis, Dewey Redman, Geri Allen, Betty Carter, Stanley Cowell and Wynton Marsalis. But arguably his most impressive work has been featured with his own trio, Triangular, whose first iteration put out their album on Blue Note Records in 1988. In early 2016, Peterson resurrected Triangular for only the third time in nearly 30 years with its new album, TriAngular III, and this time being aided by the surefire musical chemistry of brothers Luques and Zaccai Curtis on bass and drums respectively. This reinvigorated version of Triangular provides a dazzling showcase for Peterson’s boundless energy and imaginative tunes while…

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$30 - $40

Joey Calderazzo Quintet

February 17, 2017 | 9:30 pm
Winningstad Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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While known as the go-to pianist for Michael Brecker and Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo is also a bandleader and composer in his own right. He recorded three albums for Blue Note Records in the early 1990s, In The Door, To Know One, and The Traveler as well as releasing Secrets on Audioquest and Joey Calderazzo on Columbia Records before signing to Branford’s Marsalis Music record label in 2002; working with the label, he released Haiku and Amanecer in 2003 and 2007 respectively. Calderazzo’s co-leader credits include 2011’s duo with Marsalis, Songs of Mirth and Melancholy. Calderazzo later signed to Sunnyside Records, who subsequently released 2013’s Live. His diverse sideman recording credits include the likes of Arturo Sandoval, Bob Mintzer, Bob Belden, Vincent Herring, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, and Jerry Bergonzi. Calderazzo will be performing in support of his newest opus on Sunnyside entitled Going Home, a culmination of  years spent gigging and recording around the world…

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$20 - $25

Ralph Peterson’s TriAngular (Late Show)

February 17, 2017 | 10:00 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Jazz drummer, bandleader and educator Ralph Peterson achieved early notoriety as Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers second drummer in 1983 and has continued in his footsteps with mentoring young talent throughout his career. Over the years, Peterson has also played with jazz heavyweights such as Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Charles Lloyd, Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Jon Faddis, Dewey Redman, Geri Allen, Betty Carter, Stanley Cowell and Wynton Marsalis. But arguably his most impressive work has been featured with his own trio, Triangular, whose first iteration put out their album on Blue Note Records in 1988. In early 2016, Peterson resurrected Triangular for only the third time in nearly 30 years with its new album, TriAngular III, and this time being aided by the surefire musical chemistry of brothers Luques and Zaccai Curtis on bass and piano respectively. This reinvigorated version of Triangular provides a dazzling showcase for Peterson’s boundless energy and imaginative tunes while…

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$15 - $25

Emmet Cohen (Solo Piano)

February 18, 2017 | 4:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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February 22, 2016
Photography by John Abbott
www.johnabbottphoto.com
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Multifaceted American jazz pianist, bandleader and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation’s pivotal artistic figures. He possesses the innate ability to communicate with audiences at what he calls “the deepest level of humanity and individuality,” and plays with the command and passion of a musician fully devoted to his art. Cohen has performed at the Monterey, Newport, North Sea, Bern and Edinburgh jazz festivals among others, plus he has gigged at prestigious music venues such as the Kennedy Center, Birdland, The Blue Note, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. He was a finalist in both the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition in 2011 and the American Pianists Association’s Cole Porter Fellowship in 2011 and 2015. Cohen currently collaborates with some of the biggest stars in jazz such as Jimmy Cobb, Kurt Elling, Billy Hart, Jimmy Heath, Herlin Riley and Christian McBride. This performance marks Cohen’s Portland debut. “(Cohen possesses) nimble touch, measured stride and…

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$29 - $59

The Heath Brothers

February 18, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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In celebration of Dizzy Gillespie’s 100th birthday, the 2017 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival presents an exciting double bill featuring the legendary Heath Brothers along with Javon Jackson’s Sax Appeal. Jimmy and Albert “Tootie” Heath have recorded and collaborated with nearly all the jazz greats of the last 50 years. Saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath spent his formative years working with Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Erroll Garner, and Coleman Hawkins. Likewise, drummer Tootie Heath has recorded and performed with John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery, Art Farmer, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, Herbie Hancock, Yusef Lateef and many others. While the two brothers recorded together on Jimmy’s solo records in the 1960s, it wasn’t until they formed The Heath Brothers with Percy Heath on bass and Stanley Cowell on piano that the Heaths became household names in the world of hard bop jazz. The Heath Brothers have released 10 albums, including Endurance,…

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$20 - $25

Kneebody (Early Show)

February 18, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Grammy® Award-nominated quintet Kneebody possesses a sound that is an amalgamation of explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing, with highly wrought compositions that are balanced with adventurous, no-holds-barred improvising. All “sounds-like” references can be set aside; this band has created a genre, style, and musical language all its own that allows its musicians to change tempo and key at the drop of a dime. Made up of keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood, Kneebody came together in Los Angeles in 2001, and since then, each band member has amassed an impressive list of credits and accomplishments over the years all while the band has continued to thrive and grow a dedicated fan base around the world. Kneebody last performed in Portland for PDX Jazz at Mississippi Studios in April of 2014. “There isn’t a handy…

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$35 - $45

The Cookers

February 18, 2017 | 10:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, Billy Hart, Donald Harrison, David Weiss
April 12, 2016
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353 W. 48th street NYC
Photography by John Abbott, www.johnabbottphoto.com,
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The Cookers are an all-star septet under the musical direction of David Weiss that summons an aggressive mid ‘60s spirit with a potent collection of expansive post-bop originals marked by all the requisite killer instincts and pyrotechnic playing expected of some of the heaviest hitters on the scene today. Core members Billy Harper, Cecil McBee, George Cables, Eddie Henderson and Billy Hart all came up in the heady era of the mid ‘60s. It was a period that found the dimensions of hard bop morphing from their original designs, and each member helped facilitate the process as players in some of the most important bands of the era. Hart and Henderson were members of Herbie Hancock’s groundbreaking Mwandishi group; Cecil McBee anchored Charles Lloyd’s classic ’60s quartet; Billy Harper was part of Lee Morgan’s last group, as well as being a member of Max Roach’s Quartet and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers; while George…

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$20 - $25

Kneebody (Late Show)

February 18, 2017 | 10:00 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Grammy® Award-nominated quintet Kneebody possesses a sound that is an amalgamation of explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing, with highly wrought compositions that are balanced with adventurous, no-holds-barred improvising. All “sounds-like” references can be set aside; this band has created a genre, style, and musical language all its own that allows its musicians to change tempo and key at the drop of a dime. Made up of keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood, Kneebody came together in Los Angeles in 2001, and since then, each band member has amassed an impressive list of credits and accomplishments over the years all while the band has continued to thrive and grow a dedicated fan base around the world. Kneebody last performed in Portland for PDX Jazz at Mississippi Studios in April of 2014. “There isn’t a handy…

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$35 - $45

John Abercrombie Quartet

February 19, 2017 | 3:00 pm
Winningstad Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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With a career spanning more than 40 years, John Abercrombie has become a master of impeccable jazz guitar innovation. Favoring unusual sounds, Abercrombie is a restless experimenter, working firmly in the jazz tradition while pushing the boundaries of meter and harmony, and his body of work has explored the realms of jazz fusion, post bop, free jazz and avant-garde jazz. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he became one of New York’s most in-demand session players during the 1960s. In 1974, Abercrombie released his first solo record, Timeless, for ECM Records, which has been immortalized as one of the most famous ECM recordings of all time featuring Jan Hammer and Jack DeJohnette. Over the years he has recorded and/or performed with top jazz stars such as Gil Evans, McCoy Tyner, John Scofield, Gato Barbieri, Chico Hamilton, Billy Cobham, the Brecker Brothers, Jack DeJohnette, Ralph Towner, Joey Baron and Barry Miles. Abercrombie keeps up a heavy touring schedule with his…

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$15 - $25

Amina Claudine Myers: Poems for Piano

February 19, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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Amina Claudine Myers is a critically acclaimed pianist whose rich and luscious playing style has been informed by blues, jazz and gospel music that is seamless and instantly recognizable. Born in Blackwell, Arkansas, Myers started singing, playing the piano and directing choirs at an early age. In the early 1960s, she moved to Chicago, where she worked with musicians such as Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons and participated in the AACM. In 1969, Myers recorded her first jazz album with Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, and in 1976 she relocated to New York City where she focused on her own compositions and expanded it into the realm of Off-Broadway productions while continuing to perform and record as a pianist and organist. A couple of years later she began touring in Europe with the Lester Bowie Quintet and his New York Organ Ensemble, and in 1985 she joined Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra. Likewise, Myers has been…

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Yellowjackets & Mike Stern

February 19, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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Yellowjackets is a longstanding, influential Grammy® Award-winning contemporary jazz group that formed in 1977 and first signed to Warner Bros. Records. Their self-titled debut album made an immediate impact on jazz radio while garnering public and critical acclaim. Shortly thereafter, the group was topping the Billboard Jazz Chart and performing to sold out audiences all over the world. While Yellowjackets at it’s core combines acoustic and electric instrumental jazz,  the group isn’t afraid of incorporating world beats, strings, vocals, and densely-populated soundscapes featuring elements of electronica. Yellowjackets’ music has taken many unexpected twists and turns over the years and they have evolved and matured considerably across their 20+ releases. While the band is touring in support of its 2016 release Cohearance on Mack Avenue Records, this special PDX Jazz Festival engagement will also feature selections from Yellowjackets’ Grammy® Award-nominated and critically acclaimed 2008 record Lifecycle where they will be joined onstage by guitarist Mike Stern for the first time in nearly a decade.…

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$15 - $25

Andrei Kitaev (Solo Piano)

February 20, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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Andrei Kitaev is a Russian born jazz pianist who Ahmad Jamal once remarked “deserves to be heard at the best concert halls in the world.” Many musicians and listeners, both local and around the world, consider Kitaev an unsung musical genius with the thirst for the musical expression only jazz can offer with a penchant to explore, develop, and present one’s soul on the ivories of the piano. Kitaev started his formal classical piano training at the early age of six under the tutelage of his aunt, a famous concert pianist in Moscow. However, Andrei’s love affair with jazz led him to cross over from the rigors and commitment of the classical world to the ever-expanding universe of jazz piano which eventually brought him to the US. Kitaev has performed alongside Elvin Jones, Lou Rawls, Arturo Sandoval, Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Gomez, John Clayton and Dean Martin. Kitaev is this years featured Portland…

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$20 - $25

Ezra Weiss & The Monday Night Big Band

February 20, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Ezra Weiss is a critically acclaimed Portland-based composer/pianist who has released six albums as a bandleader. Ezra has composed and/or arranged music for Billy Hart, Thara Memory, Leon Lee Dorsey, Stan Bock, and Renato Caranto, among others, and has performed with Billy Hart, Greg Bandy, Michael Philip Mossman, Antonio Hart, Thara Memory, Renato Caranto, and Dennis Rowland. He has led bands in many of the U.S.’s greatest jazz clubs including Dizzys Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, and Tonic in NYC; The Triple Door in Seattle; Jimmy Mak’s in Portland; and the Catalina Bar and Grill in Los Angeles, to name a few. Ezra has also composed music and lyrics to three children’s musicals, two of which were honored by TalkinBroadway.com as among the Top 10 Cast Albums in 2009 and 2013, plus he has been the winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award three times. For this year’s Festival, Ezra will lead his Monday Night Big…

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$30 - $35

Ralph Towner Solo w/ Anja Lechner & Francois Couturier

February 21, 2017 | 7:00 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Musical innovation is no easy feat. It not only requires an innate talent, but also a devotion to the art that is not blinded by the commercial glare of popular culture. Ralph Towner is such an innovator on the modern musical landscape, his ideas ever fresh, though they span a career of more than 30 years. Best known as the lead composer, guitarist, and keyboardist for the enduring ensemble Oregon. Towner has also had a rich and varied solo career that has seen fruitful and memorable musical excursions with such great modern musicians as John Abercrombie, Jack DeJohnette, Larry Coryell, Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Gary Peacock and Weather Report. Towner’s working relationship with producer Manfred Eicher of ECM Records began in 1972 and would provide a forum for his growth as a leader and collaborator with other jazz giants, all while breaking open musical frontiers throughout the years. “Ralph Towner has always, it…

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$20 - $25

Alan Jones Sextet (Early Show)

February 21, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Born and raised in Portland, Alan Jones is one of America and Europe’s most creative jazz drummers, bandleaders and composers. As a teenager, he toured with organist Count Dutch and saxophonist Jim Pepper prior to attending and graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Jones has studied with Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Jaco Pastorius, Roy Haynes and Billy Higgins, and this tutelage has helped him become the drum phenomenon that he is today. Alan has performed, toured and recorded with some of jazz music’s greatest artists including: Cecil Taylor, Bud Shank, Randy Brecker, Airto Moriera, George Cables, Esperanza Spalding, John Abercrombie, Lee Konitz, Ralph Towner, David Friesen and many others. When Jones isn’t conducting master classes and drum clinics all across the US and Europe, he is busy as an educator via the Alan Jones Academy of Music (AJAM) in Portland, an innovative education system focused on personal and collective improvisation. Even with this busy schedule, he still makes time…

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$15 - $20

Alan Jones Sextet (Late Show)

February 21, 2017 | 9:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Born and raised in Portland, Alan Jones is one of America and Europe’s most creative jazz drummers, bandleaders and composers. As a teenager, he toured with organist Count Dutch and saxophonist Jim Pepper prior to attending and graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Jones has studied with Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Jaco Pastorius, Roy Haynes and Billy Higgins, and this tutelage has helped him become the drum phenomenon that he is today. Alan has performed, toured and recorded with some of jazz music’s greatest artists including: Cecil Taylor, Bud Shank, Randy Brecker, Airto Moriera, George Cables, Esperanza Spalding, John Abercrombie, Lee Konitz, Ralph Towner, David Friesen and many others. When Jones isn’t conducting master classes and drum clinics all across the US and Europe, he is busy as an educator via the Alan Jones Academy of Music (AJAM) in Portland, an innovative education system focused on personal and collective improvisation. Even with this busy schedule, he still makes time…

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Mel Brown Big Band featuring Jon Faddis (World Premiere!)

February 22, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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This year’s Portland Jazz Master Mel Brown has been called “The Gentleman of Jazz,” “The Fuller Brush Man,” and “The Godfather of Jazz.” Regardless of nicknames, he is a premier drummer whose career has spanned over five decades. Mel’s career on the road began with organist/singer Earl Grant in 1965. Afterwards, he journeyed to Motown Records where he played drums on hit records by Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations, The Supremes, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye. He later moved onto jazz, playing with Leroy Vinegar, Teddy Edwards, Richie Cole, Marlena Shaw,  Mary Stallings, Jessica Williams, Gene Harris, “Sweets” Harry Edison, Ray Brown, Joey de Francesco, to name a few. Brown is the dean amongst the drumming community in Portland, currently performing in five bands that have been gigging weekly for the last 10 years. Brown will debut his own big band featuring Portland’s finest musicians in a world premiere, joined by renowned…

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$20 - $25

Bridgetown Sextet

February 22, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Over the past decade, Portland’s own Bridgetown Sextet has become a pillar of the Pacific Northwest’s robust vintage hot jazz and blues scene. The ensemble performs authentic, energetic roots jazz from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, with a sound evoking Creole New Orleans, the stomp of prohibition-era Chicago, and the tight swing of depression-era Manhattan. The group recaptures the combustible feel of these early jazz innovations with a unique, original sound that moves beyond the tenets of preservationism. While the band’s most recent disc, 2015’s Stomp Defined, stands as a quintessential representation for the vintage jazz and swing renaissance exploding across the globe, the Sextet’s live show is where they truly glow, full of astounding precision and impeccable musical timing that must be seen to be believed. This Festival appearance marks the return of the groups’ founder Andrew Oliver, who now resides in London. “If you want to get a feel for what the Land…

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$15 - $25

Bill Mays: Front Row Seat

February 23, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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Bill Mays is a jazz pianist hailing from Sacramento, California. From 1969 to the early 1980s, Mays worked as a studio session musician in Los Angeles. He has been an accompanist to singers Al Jarreau, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and Dionne Warwick, and he has also worked with artists such as Don Ellis, Mel Lewis, Bob Mintzer, Ron Carter, Maria Schneider, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Sonny Stitt, Lalo Schifrin and Frank Zappa among many others. In 1984, he moved to New York City and began to do more work as a bandleader, composer, and arranger. He has recorded over two dozen albums under his own name, and has been heard on hundreds more by others. Mays will be appearing at the 2017 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival in support of his new solo piano double-CD set, Front Row Seat, a collection of intricate and sparkling interpretations of…

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Craig Taborn Quartet: Keyboard Misterioso (Early Show)

February 23, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Pianist, organist, keyboardist and composer Craig Taborn has become a mainstay on the renowned jazz label ECM Records. Taborn has a range of styles, and often adapts his playing to the nature of the instrument and the sounds that he can make it produce.  He started playing piano and Moog synthesizer as an adolescent and was influenced at an early stage by a wide range of musical styles, most significantly by recordings of free jazz and contemporary classical music. To this date, Taborn has released six albums under his own name and appeared on more than 80 as a sideman including collaborations with Roscoe Mitchell, Dave Douglas, David Torn, Drew Gress, Evan Parker, Christian McBride and Dave Holland.  In 2011, DownBeat chose Taborn as winner of the Electric Keyboard category, as well as Rising Star in both the Piano and Organ categories. Likewise, JazzTimes ranked Taborn in their 2013 Critics’ Poll as Best Piano Player,…

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Roy Ayers: The Godfather of Neo-Soul

February 23, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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Roy Ayers is an American funk, soul, jazz composer and vibraphone player as well as one of the most influential living musical artists of our time. A disciple of the late, great Bobby Hutcherson, Ayers began his career as a post-bop jazz artist, releasing several albums with Atlantic Records before his tenure at Polydor Records beginning in the 1970s, during which he helped pioneer jazz-funk. Over the years, Ayers has also dabbled in jazz fusion, disco, R&B, and house music, making him a true jack of all musical trades. He is also a key figure in acid jazz movement, a musical movement melding jazz into hip-hop and funk, and he has been dubbed by many as “The Godfather of Neo-Soul.” Along the way, Ayers has played and recorded with artists as diverse as Chico Hamilton, Rick James, Fela Kuti and Talib Kweli. He is most well known for his signature compositions “Everybody…

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Craig Taborn Quartet: Keyboard Misterioso (Late Show)

February 23, 2017 | 9:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Pianist, organist, keyboardist and composer Craig Taborn has become a mainstay on the renowned jazz label ECM Records. Taborn has a range of styles, and often adapts his playing to the nature of the instrument and the sounds that he can make it produce.  He started playing piano and Moog synthesizer as an adolescent and was influenced at an early stage by a wide range of musical styles, most significantly by recordings of free jazz and contemporary classical music. To this date, Taborn has released six albums under his own name and appeared on more than 80 as a sideman including collaborations with Roscoe Mitchell, Dave Douglas, David Torn, Drew Gress, Evan Parker, Christian McBride and Dave Holland.  In 2011, DownBeat chose Taborn as winner of the Electric Keyboard category, as well as Rising Star in both the Piano and Organ categories. Likewise, JazzTimes ranked Taborn in their 2013 Critics’ Poll as Best Piano Player,…

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John Scofield: Country for Old Men

February 24, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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Grammy® Award-winner John Scofield’s influence on guitar has become a mainstay since the mid-70s when he burst on the scene playing with greats like Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Billy Cobham. With his masterful improvisation abilities and diverse sound, Scofield has never lost the skill to continuously push the boundaries of his instrument. Over the years he has honed and explored a variety of musical territory with jazz as its core.  Scofield has recorded over 30 albums as a leader and tours continually throughout the year, leading his own groups as well as select all-star projects.  Following a sold out performance at the 2016 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival with Joe Lovano, Scofield returns to Portland in support of his newest album on Impulse! Records, Country for Old Men, wherein the guitarist focuses on jazz interpretations of classic American country and western tunes ranging from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton to Shania Twain…

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Aaron Parks Trio (Early Show)

February 24, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Aaron Parks is a jazz piano virtuoso and rising young star from Seattle, Washington. Parks studied at the University of Washington at the age of 14 as a double major in computer science and music. At 15 he was selected to participate in the GRAMMY® High School Jazz Ensembles which inspired him to move to New York City and transfer to the Manhattan School of Music. During his final year he began touring with Terence Blanchard’s band, recording three albums with him for Blue Note Records, including the Grammy® Award-winning A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina). Parks has also toured with Kurt Rosenwinkel, plus he has recorded seven albums as a bandleader and dozens of credits as a sideman. He is also a member of James Farm, a quartet featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland. He has also played on the soundtracks to several Spike…

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Aaron Parks Trio (Late Show)

February 24, 2017 | 10:00 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Aaron Parks is a jazz piano virtuoso and rising young star from Seattle, Washington. Parks studied at the University of Washington at the age of 14 as a double major in computer science and music. At 15 he was selected to participate in the GRAMMY® High School Jazz Ensembles which inspired him to move to New York City and transfer to the Manhattan School of Music. During his final year he began touring with Terence Blanchard’s band, recording three albums with him for Blue Note Records, including the Grammy® Award-winning A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina). Parks has also toured with Kurt Rosenwinkel, plus he has recorded seven albums as a bandleader and dozens of credits as a sideman. He is also a member of James Farm, a quartet featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland. He has also played on the soundtracks to several Spike…

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Hector Martignon: Mambo Para Colombia

February 25, 2017 | 4:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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While Colombian-born pianist Hector Martignon is famous for melding Latin culture into jazz, he has composed, orchestrated, produced, performed and recorded music in a wide spectrum of genres including classical, rock, pop and world music. He cut his teeth in the studio recording at age 18, playing on Mikis Theodorakis’s “Canto General”. His credits include numerous albums as a bandleader, two as co-leader, and work as a sideman on over a 100 albums as well as scores for three Broadway musicals and five feature films including arranging and performing on parts of Ang Lee’s Oscar Award-nominated movie Eat, Drink, Man, Woman. After several nominations as a sideman, two of his solo albums were nominated for Grammy® Awards in 2008 and 2010.  Along the way, Martignon has toured, recorded and/or collaborated with an array of stars in the music world including Max Roach, Paul Simon, Chicago, Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, Rubén Blades, Paquito D’Rivera, Gato Barbieri, Steve Turre…

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It’s Monk’s Time!: John Beasley Presents MONK’estra & T.S. Monk Sextet

February 25, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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In celebration of Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday, we present It’s Monk’s Time, an evening of music inspired by the legendary pianist and composer. MONK’estra, a 15-piece big band, will be paired with the T.S. Monk Sextet on a For Portland Only double bill. Grammy® & Emmy Award-nominated musician and conductor John Beasley presents MONK’estra, an innovative big band project that captures the spirit and eclecticism of Thelonious Monk’s singular music – the off-beat melodies and humor, strange beauty and unbounded swing – in fresh arrangements flavored with New Orleans spirit, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban rhythms and atmospheric colors. Beasley, a far-ranging pianist, composer, and arranger who has worked with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Dianne Reeves, and Steely Dan, is one of the busiest and most versatile performers in jazz. He has led a expansive career that has balanced work as a bandleader, a first-call keyboardist, composer, and arranger for music projects, film and television, along…

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Descarga for Monk & Diz (Early Show)

February 25, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Descarga for Monk & Diz is a special program dedicated to the music of Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie with a flamenco and Latin jazz twist in an exclusive For Portland Only experience. Seven-time Grammy®-nominated percussionist and 2013-2014 SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director John Santos is one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today. He is known for his innovative use of Afro-Latin traditional forms and instruments in combination with contemporary music, and has earned him accolades as a performer, composer, radio programmer, and record producer whose career has spanned four decades. He has performed and/or recorded with multi-generational masters such as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Max Roach, Bobby Hutcherson, Buenavista Social Club, Billy Cobham, Zakir Hussain, George Cables, Joe Henderson, Regina Carter,  Jon Faddis, McCoy Tyner, Poncho Sanchez, Omar Sosa, Ignacio Berroa, Tootie Heath, Art Farmer, Larry Coryell, Pedrito Martinez, Arturo Sandoval, Lalo Schifrin, Rhiannon and Carlos Santana. John is…

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Descarga for Monk & Diz (Late Show)

February 25, 2017 | 10:00 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Descarga for Monk & Diz is a special program dedicated to the music of Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie with a flamenco and Latin jazz twist in an exclusive For Portland Only experience. Seven-time Grammy®-nominated percussionist and 2013-2014 SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director John Santos is one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today. He is known for his innovative use of Afro-Latin traditional forms and instruments in combination with contemporary music, and has earned him accolades as a performer, composer, radio programmer, and record producer whose career has spanned four decades. He has performed and/or recorded with multi-generational masters such as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Max Roach, Bobby Hutcherson, Buenavista Social Club, Billy Cobham, Zakir Hussain, George Cables, Joe Henderson, Regina Carter,  Jon Faddis, McCoy Tyner, Poncho Sanchez, Omar Sosa, Ignacio Berroa, Tootie Heath, Art Farmer, Larry Coryell, Pedrito Martinez, Arturo Sandoval, Lalo Schifrin, Rhiannon and Carlos Santana. John is…

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